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Rep. Koenen wins DFL primary to run in special election for Kubly's Senate seat

State Rep. Lyle Koenen
State Rep. Lyle Koenen

State Rep. Lyle Koenen won a DFL primary Tuesday and will advance to the April 10 special election that will fill the state Senate District 20 seat formerly held by state Sen. Gary Kubly, who died March 2.

Koenen of Clara City, is in his fifth term in the House.

He'll face Gregg Kulberg, a Republican from Hector, and Leon Greenslit, an Independence Party member from Olivia, in next month' special election.

On Tuesday, Koenen had 1,874 votes in the primary while John Schultz had 947, according to the Secretary of State's office.

The winner of the special election is expected to be installed by April 17, but the current legislative session could be over, or nearly so, by then.

And if Koenen should win the special election, state officials say they will not have a special election for his House seat.

And then in November, the Senate district will change dramatically, with much of the area moved into the new District 17 because of redistricting.

Koenen has said he'll run for the Senate seat in the new district, as has fellow DFLer Larry Rice of Willmar, and Republican state Sen. Joe Gimse of Willmar, who is the incumbent in current District 13, but lives in the new District 17, according to the West Central Tribune.

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I have always preferred the house to the senate, and I generally think of reps becoming senators as a demotion.